GVA_COVID-19

Global Pandemic Crisis

Emergency Response

1st April 2020

 

Our world is currently held under a devastating deadly Coronavirus pandemic that has no borders. It infects all of humanity young and old, rich and poor alike, no one is immune. The world and it's systems; economic, health, welfare, industrial, commercial etc. are all being shaken. A global emergency has ensued affecting every individual, wherever they are.

 

The Sub-Saharan continent of Africa, including Ghana, whilst currently less affected than the Northern Hemisphere countries, is now experiencing lockdown measures to help combat it's spread. As at 29th March 2020 Ghana had 152 confirmed cases of which 5 have died.

 

The Ghana Street Children, including young indigent adults and the Street Girls , who live, work and sleep on the streets of Accra and other towns and cities, are facing a serious challenge to their current way of life. It will undoubtedly impact how they can continue to trade without having close contact, yet avoid being infected by this deadly virus. Many will have no alternative but to take the risk, as social distancing is just not feasible to achieve the neccesary trading contact in order to make a sufficient income to survive.

 

NO place of refuge to isolate to or anyone to help. NO clean running water, soap or handwash sanitizer to comply with (WHO) recommendations. A sense of fear, panic, and self preservation will undoubtedly be their prevailing thought.

 

A DESPERATE SITUATION.

 

What can they do? Where can they go? Who will help them to survive? What will the consequences be? Many will be infected and die. no hospital bed and ventilator. What a tragedy for many of these young live. How can we together help to alleviate the situation?

 

GVA RESPONSE:

 

NOW is the time to construct a solution. We TOGETHER as a global community of individuals, corporate businesses, professions and governments can make a significant difference to their survival by creating places of refuge and shelter, whether temporary or permanent, not only in response to this current Coronavirus crisis but as a change and an improved way of street existence; a new way of street living, trading and survival.

 

Please donate now by pressing the paypal button:

Give as little as £1/$1 or as much as possible to make a difference. Either as a one off donation or a monthly commitment, either will be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you.

 

Cyril Pitcher, Chair of trustee board

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) PERSONAL HEALTH HYGIENE

RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMBAT COVID-19 VIRUS

 

  1. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY:
    Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water or sanitizer for 20 seconds.
    WHY: Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based rub or sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.

  2. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING:
    Maintain at least 2 meters (approx. 6 feet) distance between yourself
    and others.
    WHY: When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose and mouth which may contain virus.

    If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the covid-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease

  3. AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH:
    Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose and mouth. From these the virus can enter your body and make you sick.
    WHY: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body

  4. PRACTICE RESPIRATORY HYGIENE:
    Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

    If you have a fever, consistent cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of Noval Coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with animals. The consumption of raw or uncooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.